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The Civil Guard dismantles organized a band composed of Italian and Spanish major theft dedicated to olive oil mills (04/10/2010)

Have recovered more than 100,000 liters of oil stolen in a mill of Purchena (Almería)

Have been seized three tractors, four trailers, tankers, two vans, three cars and equipment for oil shipping.

The Civil Guard has developed over the past recent months an operation called "OLIVERA" aimed at dismantling organized gangs engaged in the perpetration of large theft of "olive oil" in mills whose final destination was Italy.

In this operation have been arrested eleven members of the group, including ten Italian and a Spanish resident in Murcia.

The operation "olive" was initiated following a theft of oil in a mill in Bullas perpetrated on 19 June 2010 which took away more than 45,000 kgs., Where oil and big media and infrastructure used for perpetration of the act.

At the same time and dates prior to this fact there had been similar robberies in Toledo (2), Albacete (2), Badajoz and later in Jaén.

The Civil Guard officers responsible for investigating suspected the existence of some infrastructure in the region linked to such events.

Their investigation disclosed the existence of an industrial warehouse rented Librilla Industrial Estate (Murcia) which were linked people from Italy and a Spanish citizen.

The surveillance of suspects and industrial premises denoting no business or commercial activity thus enhancing the researchers suspected illegal purposes focused on that ship.

For months, those with patience, they persevered in their surveillance convinced that sooner or later, the fruits would work pursued.

During the days 29 and 39 September found higher presence of Italians contacting suspicious items that led them to believe that events could precipitate soon, also detecting the arrival of tankers from Italy.

The relentless operational activity of the Guardia Civil investigators envisioned that at least three tankers with Italian registration had moved to the town of Purchena (Almería) and several passenger vehicles in counter-surveillance efforts to ensure the impunity of criminal activity.

During the morning of October 1, 2010 robbery was perpetrated by a mill in the town of Purchena (Almería), which stole more than 100,000 liters of oil.

The evidence that handled the Civil Guard would help find the perpetrators of the robbery was the group of trucks and vehicles that had traveled to Purchena, making the operational phase of the operation when all returned to the VESSEL the industrial area of intercept getting Librilla three tankers full of oil and stop the rest of the criminal group.

"Modus Operandi"

The criminal group managed large disjointed logistics and economic achievement of the theft, ie, tankers, passenger cars, tools for the transfer of oil tanks etc.

and safe places to deposit vehicles and goods, in this case an industrial warehouse.

The final destination was Italy, where oil tanks moved either by road or embarking on the same destination port.

Therefore to be using fictitious documents and business framework to justify the transportation and shipping.

The current balance of the operation is as follows:

Effects recovered:

More than 100,000 liters of oil.

Seized property:

3 tractors

4-tank trailers

3 cars

2 vans

Lots of material handling and transfer of oil

Documentation relating to research


ONCE been arrested persons, of whom 10 are Italian and Spanish.

The investigation remains open in order to establish the involvement of the group disbanded in recent similar events conducted in Spain.

The detainees will be made available to the Court of Guard Totana (Murcia) in the day.

Source: Delegación del Gobierno en Murcia

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